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Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism

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This provocative book traces the social and intellectual forces that led to the development of Christian anti-Judaism and shows how and why Augustine challenged this toxic tradition.

In Augustine and the Jews, Paula Fredriksen draws us into the life, times, and thought of Augustine of Hippo (396–430). Focusing on the period of astounding creativity that led to his new under
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published December 2nd 2008 by Doubleday Religion (first published 2008)
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Victoria Gaile
Oct 20, 2012 Victoria Gaile rated it really liked it
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I heard an excellent talk by this author a few years ago; the book's been on my maybe list ever since.
Jay D
Feb 09, 2013 Jay D rated it liked it
Scholarly analysis of Augustine's modification of the earlier patristic tradition of rejecting all things Jewish. Augustine modifies the concept of continuity, but commits many hermeneutical gaffs and inconsistencies that Faustus and the Manichaeans call him out on. Very well written and well documented.
Owen Goldin
Nov 17, 2015 Owen Goldin rated it really liked it
Fredriksen traces the history of medieval Christian antisemitism back to very early conflicts between those who Christians who took the commandments to be still valid and those who agreed with Manicheans that they were evidence of an evil propensity to the "fleshly." Through a close reading of the anti-Manichean "Against Faustus" Fredricksen shows how Augustine argued that the Torah commandments were valid and obligatory to the ancient Jews, and that G-d has reasons for wanting Jews to continue ...more
Danielle
This book is a fantastic resource that I suspect I will turn back to many times over the years. About the first half concentrates on contextualizing Augustine in his historical, geographical framework - it's a great intro to Greek philosophy and education if you need it, but if you already have that background, you can skip right to the Augustine sections. Great text!
Charlie
Jun 19, 2013 Charlie rated it it was amazing
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Scholarship at its best: original, nuanced, and compelling. Fredriksen has done far more than simply collect references to Jews and Judaism in Augustine's writings. She has deeply probed his exegetical method and theology of history to show what a significant contribution Augustine made to Christianity on this point.
Isabelle
Jul 14, 2016 Isabelle rated it really liked it
Very informative book on anti-Judaism and Augustine's views, especially in his debates against the Manichees.
Olivia
Oct 09, 2010 Olivia marked it as to-read
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TLS 2 April 2010 - review written by Lucy Beckett - reviewed with Augustine of Hippo (Henry CHadwick)
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